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No quick or easy answers for using raw manure on food crops

Watch children’s first reactions at a dairy farm and you’ll see their hands quickly going up to their faces and their fingers pinching their nostrils shut. “What’s that awful smell,” they’ll ask the farmer. For a farmer who hasn’t hosted groups of students before, the first expression crossing his or her face might be one… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak over, but CDC says coconut threat lingers

Federal officials say an outbreak of Salmonella traced to dried coconut appears to be over, but they are renewing their public warning about a lingering threat. Fourteen people across eight states and the District of Columbia were confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. Three people were admitted to hospitals. The strain was also… Continue Reading

USDA hits the brakes on proposal to set up organic ‘check-off’

Beef has “It’s what’s for dinner.” Pork has “The Other White Meat.” And Dairy has “Milk Does A Body Good.” The USDA’s “check-off” programs are behind those famous slogans, but you won’t soon be hearing one for organic food. Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture terminated proceedings begun under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information… Continue Reading

Organic milk recalled when improper pasteurization discovered

Producers of organic milk sold in parts of New York are recalling an undisclosed amount of whole milk after state inspectors found the product was improperly pasteurized. Pelleh Farms Inc. in Swan Lake, NY, voluntarily recalled the Bethel Creamery brand whole, non-homogenized, organic milk, according to a consumer alert from New York State Agriculture Commissioner… Continue Reading

Latest organic controversy involves carrageenan as an additive

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The growing, but increasingly fractured organic industry does little these days that is not without controversy. USDA’s decision earlier this week to buck a recommendation and allow carrageenan as an ingredient in organic products is just another example. With 7 percent domestic and 11 percent international growth rates, sales of organic foods are approaching $50… Continue Reading

King Arthur recalls organic flour after test shows Salmonella

King Arthur Flour Co. is recalling 6,300 cases of Organic Coconut Flour (16-ounce) products that may be adulterated with Salmonella, according to a recall posted by the FDA. The recall was triggered after testing revealed the presence of Salmonella a sample of the flour, according to the recall notice. The recalled organic coconut flour was distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide. Consumers who have purchased these products are… Continue Reading

Starwest Botanicals recalls organic cardamom for Salmonella

Starwest Botanicals Inc. of Sacramento, CA, is recalling whole, green “Starwest Botanicals Organic Cardamom Pods” because of possible Salmonella contamination, according to a recall notice posted on the FDA’s website. The recalled organic cardamom is packaged in 1-pound mylar bags and in bulk packs. It was sold between Jan. 15 and March 2. The 1-pound size is not currently available on the company website,… Continue Reading

Heavy metals found in 40 percent of protein powders tested

Certified organic powders twice as likely to contain heavy metals as non-organic products

Healthy eating enthusiasts may want to reconsider their protein powder choices in light of a new study that shows 40 percent of 134 brands tested have elevated levels of heavy metals, with certified organic products twice as likely to contain heavy metals as non-organic powders. The 2018 study by the Denver-based Clean Label Project used… Continue Reading